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Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

cannabis for HIV/aids

HIV/AIDS is an incurable disease, but cannabis has been shown to help patients make their lives more manageable. In fact, studies even show that cannabis use has the potential to prevent HIV from. 

In a July 2017 study, researchers found that HIV-positive patients who use cannabis have a better chance of preventing the progression of HIV into AIDS. This certainly isn’t news, since there have been other studies proving the efficacy of cannabis for HIV patients.  Another study revealed that THC has the ability to prevent infected cells from entering the brain, which could be useful for developing therapies that focus on the immune system while debunking myths claiming that THC dampens the inflammatory response of the human body. Most medications used for HIV patients don’t have the ability to reach the brain, or aren’t as effective once they do; but in this field THC is promising since it can limit the infection to an area. 

There are also other benefits for HIV patients who use cannabis; it helps with peripheral neuropathy, neuropathic pain, depression, appetite loss, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. The world’s largest HIV/AIDS organizations, such as the American Academy of HIV Medicine already support the concept of patients using medical cannabis. 

Cannabis is by no means intended to replace HIV/AIDS medication. However, it can be used in conjunction with other therapies to make the lives of patients more manageable and comfortable. Here are some strains that are ideal for HIV/AIDS patients:

girl scout cookies marijuana

Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid well-loved by patients for its ability to induce total relaxation while promoting a sense of happiness and euphoria. This award-winning strain is also extremely effective at knocking out pain, and HIV patients who suffer from severe neuropathic or chronic pain will find this strain useful. Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies can help those with insomnia get some much-needed sleep, which is critical for anyone especially people with medical disorders to allow the body to heal from the inside out. Girl Scout Cookies is also suitable for treating lack of appetite, depression, and stress.

magno kush marijuana

Mango Kush is a stain so delicious, it actually tastes a lot like an actual mango fruit topped with the unique flavor of kush and pine undertones. Mango Kush is widely used by patients suffering from insomnia, depression, and pain. This is known to be a powerful strain, making it ideal for HIV/AIDS patients who are looking for strong natural medicine that promotes mental and physical relaxation. Mango Kush also helps with headaches and stress while delivering a happy, uplifted, euphoric, and creative high. 

skywalker strain

Skywalker is a great indica popularly used by HIV/AIDS patients as well as those suffering from other afflictions because this strain produces a pleasurable body high. The unique body high that Skywalker offers make it highly recommended particularly for those trying to address insomnia, neuropathic pain, depression, and nausea. Users also report Skywalker to give a happy, relaxed, uplifted, and euphoric feel; however more often than not it will put you to bed, so be sure to medicate with this strain at the comforts of your own home or at nighttime.

super silver haze marijuana

Super Silver Haze is considered a rock star strain among medical and recreational users worldwide, and it’s no surprise why. This strain consistently receives extremely high reviews, and has been the recipient of the High Times Cannabis Cup for three years in a row from 1997 to 1999. A cross between Northern Lights, Skunk, and Haze makes Super Silver Haze an excellent sativa with a long-lasting happy high, suitable for patients suffering from pain, depression, stress, and nausea. Patients also love the energetic body high it gives them; those with HIV who suffer from fatigue or lack of energy can benefit from using this strain. However, Super Silver Haze has a high THC content usually around 21%, so be prepared for an intense high. 

white widow strain

White Widow, a combination of a South Indian Indica and a South American Sativa, is one of the most famous strains in the world. Loved by patients and recreational users alike, HIV-positive individuals will benefit from the relaxed, euphoric, and happy feelings that this strain invokes. White Widow is a powerful medical strain for its ability to treat pain, depression, stress, insomnia, and lack of appetite. 








Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?

Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?

Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?


Despite the fact that more than half of the US states already legalized cannabis in some way, a survey reveals that most medical schools still aren’t teaching their students about medical cannabis. The survey also states that most students don’t feel prepared to talk about cannabis with patients or prescribe it.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine surveyed medical school students, school deans, fellows, and residents. They also analyzed the curriculum database kept by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and found that medical cannabis is a subject that hasn’t been addressed in today’s medical schools.

“Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation,” says Laura Jean Bierut MD, senior author of the study. Bierut, a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, and an Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University, also said, “Physicians in training need to know the benefits and drawbacks associated with medical marijuana sot ehy know when or if, and to whom, to prescribe the drug.”

Bierut also added that doctors are being asked to provide information to patients on topics that most of them have no training about. The researchers, led by Anastasia B. Evanoff, send survey questions to medical schools in North America including 31 that teach osteopathic medicine. They received 101 replies; 66.7% of school respondents reported that their graduates are not prepared to prescribe medical cannabis while a quarter of deans reported that their trainees aren’t skilled to answer questions about cannabis. They also surveyed 258 residents and fellows who earned their medical degrees from educational institutions around the country before going to Washington University School of Medicine, and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital to complete their training. Almost 90% said that they weren’t prepared to prescribe medical cannabis while 85% admitted to not having received any education about medical uses of cannabis during their education and training at residency programs or medical schools around the country.

Referring to data derived from the AAMC database, the researchers found that just 9% of medical schools reported that they teach their students about medical cannabis. “As a future physician, it worries me,” says Evanoff, a medical student herself. “We need to know how to answer questions about medical marijuana’s risks and benefits, but there is a fundamental mismatch between state laws involving marijuana and the education physicians-in-training receive at medical schools throughout the country.”

There is a quandary here, since many states including Missouri have yet to legalize medical cannabis. But these states are publishing studies that discuss the benefits and risks of cannabis with contradicting information. “You address the controversy,” according to co-investigator Carolyn Dufault, PhD and assistant dean for education at Washington University and an instructor in medicine. “You say, This is what we know, and you guide students to the points of controversy. You also point out where there may be research opportunities.”

The study’s authors also argue that as legalization becomes more widespread for medical and recreational use, doctors should have adequate training in order to competently answer patients’ questions. “More medical students are now getting better training about opioids, for example,” says Evanoff. “We talk about how those drugs can affect every organ system in the body, and we learn how to discuss the risks and benefits with patients. But if a patient were to ask about medical marijuana, most medical students wouldn’t know what to say.”


Colorado Study

Earlier this year, University of Colorado School of Medicine students said that they support cannabis legalization for both mental and physical reasons. However, they also believe that more research is needed to determine the risks involved.

The study, entitled “Colorado Medical Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Marijuana” was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Springer. “Despite strong support for marijuana legal reform, students expressed hesitancy to recommend it themselves, suggesting that medical students may not believe that there is enough data to safely recommend its use to patients and/or may not feel sufficiently trained to prescribe it,” says Michael Chan, a recent graduate of CU Anschutz Medical Campus and who is now taking his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

“Clearly, medical students have a need for excellent education on marijuana,” says Dan Matlock, MD, MPH, and associate professor of geriatrics at the CU School of Medicine. “There’s a lot we don’t know and, medically, there is so little data.”








Published at Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law a bill that allows those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to more easily become medical marijuana patients.

Governor Carney has signed the Bravery Bill into law, allowing those with PTSD to become legal medical marijuana patients if they receive a recommendation from a licensed physician. Before the new law those with PTSD could only get approval for medical marijuana use if they were recommended it by a licensed psychiatrist.

The Bravery Bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, and received strong bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

With the signing of the Bravery Bill, Delaware now joins New Hampshire, Minnesota, New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical cannabis.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:32:07 +0000

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On-demand cannabis: California becoming hot spot for weed delivery, e-commerce

On-demand cannabis: California becoming hot spot for weed delivery, e-commerce

Eaze’s e-commerce platform is meant to feel familiar.

Scrolling horizontally and vertically through product pictures is practically Netflixian. Refining results with tag-based filtering borders on the Amazonic. And when a click of a button turns results into ordered products hitching a ride to a front door, it’s a little Uberish.

Eaze’s software facilitates medical marijuana deliveries in California by connecting patients to dispensaries that sell and then deliver the products.

The burgeoning San Francisco-based startup — which hauled in $27 million in investment capital on Thursday — is among a growing class of tech companies and marijuana industry insiders who predict that dispensaries will go the way of Blockbuster Video as the Golden State begins legal recreational marijuana sales in 2018.

“It’s not unique to cannabis,” Sheena Shiravi, head of Eaze’s public relations, told The Cannabist. “I think that (e-commerce) is the wave of the future.”

Eaze and its cohorts are banking on California serving as the epicenter for an e-commerce cannabis revolution. They’re buoyed by language in marijuana regulations passed last June that say dispensaries are not required to have a storefront.

Designed to unify the state’s existing medical marijuana regulations with those for forthcoming recreational sales, Senate Bill 94 blasts open the doors for more virtual operations, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association (CGA). A cannabis retailer can have a discreet licensed and regulated facility out of which to conduct deliveries.

Industry forecasts peg California’s legal cannabis sales at about $2.8 billion for 2017, climbing to $6.6 billion by 2025 as the recreational marijuana market matures, according to a recent report by New Frontier Data, a cannabis data analytics firm. New Frontier highlights California’s marijuana delivery services as an area with “significant potential for expansion.”

Eaze marijuana delivery software
Laws in California for cannabis delivery give that sector the potential to expand as recreational marijuana sales begin in 2018. Software developed by tech company Eaze allows users in certain cities to order cannabis for delivery. (Provided by Eaze)

The growth of e-commerce should be “very, very explosive,” New Frontier’s executive vice president of industry analytics John Kagia said last week during a webinar presenting the report “Cannabis On-Demand: Evolving Trends in California’s Medical Market” to investors, business operators and researchers.

“California is going to be the most important and the largest single market in the world (for the cannabis industry),” he said.

Beyond California’s sizable population and economic power, the state’s prowess in areas such as technology, media and cannabis cultivation “will be accelerants to the modernization, the increased sophistication and the maturation of the industry,” Kagia said.

Hodgepodge of delivery rules

The state is the country’s oldest medical marijuana state, and its loose regulation of that market has led to a patchwork of legality for on-demand delivery.

Regions of California, notably the San Francisco Bay Area, have allowed for the delivery of medical cannabis. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has banned delivery services.

CGA estimates that there are more than 7,500 cannabis delivery companies statewide that conduct up to 55 percent of current medical marijuana transactions. Expanding delivery has been the group’s highest priority since July 2015, said Allen, and L.A. is their top target.

“L.A. is, in our opinion, the premier cannabis marketplace in the world,” he said.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and Los Angeles’ Department of Cannabis Regulation are in the throes of drafting regulations, and officials were unable to comment specifically on potential delivery policies.

Low-key delivery businesses have appeal

Cannabis delivery services
Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business in Oakland, Calif., checks his inventory on May 11, 2017. Across California, there are an assortment of local rules on cannabis delivery. (Eric Risberg, The Associated Press)

Beyond the City of Angels, CGA is actively working with local government officials, community leaders and law enforcement officials to open local markets to on-demand delivery.

“A lot of the cities and counties really are sensitive to the perceived neighborhood impact of a storefront,” Allen said, noting dispensaries, like liquor stores, are associated with higher rates of crime.

Delivery, he said, allows for increased consumer access without the perceived negative neighborhood impacts.

Eaze has positioned the hub of its operations in the Bay Area, where delivery is legal, but it’s also stationed personnel in areas of the state that could be poised to consider or adopt delivery legislation.

To these communities and regulators, Eaze officials float delivery as a middle-of-the-road solution.

While Eaze is “laser-focused on California,” company officials are shooting some glances in the direction of Nevada, Oregon, Washington, medical-only states such as New York and Florida, and even beyond.

Oregon’s laws have permitted Portland to legalize delivery services and it’s also happening in Nevada, but other states that have legalized marijuana have been reluctant to venture down that road.

In Colorado earlier this year, lawmakers floated a proposal to allow for marijuana delivery. However, the provision stalled in the legislative process after Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed concerns that allowing delivery might raise the ire of federal enforcement agencies.

But with California, home to the largest cannabis consuming population in the country, on board, Eaze is optimistic for its future in the legal marijuana marketplace, said Shiravi.

“What we see in California is hopefully a pilot for federal regulation,” she said.


Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:09:38 +0000

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Eaze accelerating marijuana delivery tech with $27 million investment

Eaze accelerating marijuana delivery tech with $27 million investment

A tech company focused on cannabis delivery is going full-throttle in California.

Eaze, a San Francisco-based firm that developed software to facilitate marijuana delivery sales, hauled in $27 million in investment capital, officials for the company announced Thursday.

The financial boost for Eaze comes as California hashes out new medical and recreational marijuana laws, including giving the green light earlier this year for cannabis delivery to potentially grow throughout the state.

“With the legalization of adult use marijuana on the horizon, we look forward to using our data, technology and platform to continue to serve our mission of providing safe, secure access to marijuana products at the lowest prices with the utmost convenience,” Jim Patterson, Eaze’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The latest investment was led by Bailey Capital and included participation from existing investors DCM Ventures and FJ Labs. Kaya Ventures also participated in the round.

Eaze has raised about $52 million since its founding in 2014, officials said.

Eaze officials say their firm has recorded 300 percent year-over-year growth in gross sales and facilitates 120,000 deliveries per month.

The privately held firm did not disclose additional financial details including total revenue.


Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:40:21 +0000

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Sen. Orrin Hatch pushes to ease marijuana research barriers with new MEDs Act

Sen. Orrin Hatch pushes to ease marijuana research barriers with new MEDs Act

There’s a bipartisan push underway in the Senate for easing the path to marijuana research.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced Wednesday that he and Sen. Schatz, D-Hawaii, are introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, or MEDS Act. The legislation was previously introduced by Schatz in 2016.

Signing on as co-sponsors are Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; Chris Coons, D-Dela.; and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

In a statement filled with weed puns, Hatch said:

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana. Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

Among the objectives of the MEDS Act, the bill seeks to:

• Encourage more research on the potential medical uses of marijuana by streamlining the research registration process, without imposing a scheduling determination on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA);
• Make marijuana more available for legitimate scientific and medical research and the commercial production of any FDA-approved drugs derived from marijuana;
• Retain important checks to protect against diversion or abuse of the controlled marijuana substances;
• Require the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and publish recommendations for good manufacturing practices for growing and producing marijuana for research;
• Require the Attorney General to increase the national marijuana quota in a timely manner to meet the changing medical, scientific, and industrial needs for marijuana;
• Prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from instituting any other marijuana-specific protocol reviews, other than the voluntary review that a researcher can request from National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to access the expedited DEA registration process.

Hatch plans to discuss the legislation on the Senate floor starting at 1:30 p.m. MDT.


Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:25:31 +0000

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Poll: 57.5% of Those in Germany Support Legalizing Marijuana

Poll: 57.5% of Those in Germany Support Legalizing Marijuana

New polling shows strong support for legalizing marijuana in Germany.

A new poll conducted by Mafo, a research firm, and commissioned by Playboy Deutschland, has found that a strong majority of German adults support the idea of legalizing marijuana.

According to the poll, 57.5% of German residents support the legalization of marijuana for adults, including allowing them to purchase the plant from retail outlets. 90.5% of the poll’s respondents stated that they believe the country’s current laws don’t work at preventing cannabis from being consumed.

Roughly 30% of those involved in the poll have consumed marijuana, considerably less than the nearly 50% of Americans who have consumed the plant at least once in their lives.

When it comes to “hard drugs” like cocaine and heroin, support for legalization is drastically lower, with 92.9% opposed to making these substances legal.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:11:55 +0000

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Ontario Announces Framework for Legal Marijuana – 150 Stores by 2020, Online Sales by July, 2018

Ontario Announces Framework for Legal Marijuana – 150 Stores by 2020, Online Sales by July, 2018

The Ontario government has announced a framework for legal marijuana.

The plan, unveiled yesterday, will allow online as well as brick-and-mortar cannabis stores. Ontario officials expect there to be 80 marijuana stores open by July 1st, 2019, with 150 open by the following year. Online sales are expected to start throughout Ontario by July of 2018. The government is proposing a minimum age of 19 for purchasing marijuana from one of these outlets.

The plan was unveiled by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Health Minister Eric Hoskins. The announcement makes Ontario the first province or territory in Canada to publicly put forth a comprehensive framework for marijuana, which will be legal throughout Canada by next year.

According to Naqvi, one of the primary goals of the plan is “stopping the sale of illegal, unregulated and unsafe cannabis”.

For cannabis retail outlets; “Trained and knowledgeable staff will sell products in a safe and socially responsible manner to restrict access for minors and give consumers the information they need,” said the Ministry of Finance in a statement.

Under the proposed framework, cannabis outlets would follow the same standards that apply to outlets that sell alcohol, as well as federal requirements for cannabis sales. This includes no self-service and mandatory training for staff members.

For online sales, the ministry says it will ensurte “secure and safe” delivery across Ontario.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:33:41 +0000

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Setting Up an Efficient Grow Room: 5 Key Considerations

Setting Up an Efficient Grow Room: 5 Key Considerations

By Camille Sanzi

Growing cannabis generates a lot of expenses, and electricity bills are at the top of most growers’ list of villains. That’s why we’ve outlined these areas where any grower can improve efficiency and reduce bottom-line costs.

Aside from the impact energy bills have on a grower’s net earnings, there’s also external pressure on the $3.5 billion cannabis industry as public utilities experience pain from the energy-intensive sector’s growth. And it is, in fact, energy intensive: “energy costs are a large burden for growers, ranging from 20 to 50 percent of their operating costs,” GreenBiz recently reported.

This isn’t only a problem for big growers—who also happen to be battling declining wholesale prices. Startups can feel the pain of inefficient grow rooms fairly quickly.

But no matter the size of your grow room, if you take action to reduce energy use early in your building process, you may be able to avoid exorbitant bills, problematic equipment and even crop pests – all of which drive up costs.

Expert advice on setting up an energy-efficient cannabis grow room can be boiled down to five key tips:

  • Think through the details from the start

First-time growers should resist the urge to make rushed decisions.

“Look at your expenses, have the foresight and be careful with product selection early on,” said Coleman Retzlaff, who oversees U.S. Eastern Sales at Quest Dehumidifiers. “Don’t focus on the cost today. It’s worth paying for better build quality in order to get better energy efficiency.”

There’s an entrepreneurial mentality to hurry up and get growing, but if you pause and think critically now, you’ll save yourself time and money down the road. For example, decisions such as updating or adding insulation can seem pricey now, but will lower your future energy expenses and, ultimately, increase revenue. If you think through everything from facility to equipment, efficiency will be on your side.

  • Plan Your Space

The first area where you can improve efficiency is your facility. Too often, growers overestimate the space needed to grow, and are left to foot the energy bill for controlling the climate of an unused space.

“The No. 1 thing is planning, planning, planning, in all facets – everything should be planned out at an annoying extent,” said Jared Dinsmore, Director of Operations at Grass Monkey Cannabis Co., who has worked in the professional space for five years. “It is imperative to get all the opinions out there and explore all the products available to you.”

Consider exactly how much space your plants need based on how much cannabis you plan to grow. HERB recommends four large indoor plants per square meter and nine moderately sized plants per square meter. Also keep in mind your veg space will be about one third the size of your overall bloom space.

In addition to making the most of your plant space, remember to include room for you and your crew to walk, water, prune and fulfill general gardening needs. To make the most of your floor and work space, consider an overhead dehumidifier.

If you don’t have enough space, you will increase the time and energy needed to complete tasks, and there’s a lot to be said for maximizing labor efficiency.

  • Weigh Your Lighting Options: LED vs. HPS

It’s difficult to determine which lighting technologies are worth pursuing. Though some growers are ready to jump to LEDs – or already have – many don’t believe LED lighting technology is on par with high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights.

During the vegetative state, plants don’t require intense light, so many growers save energy by using LEDs at this stage. For the flowering stage specifically, many growers believe LED lighting won’t give you the same yield you get with HPS lights. For this reason, many growers are willing to deal with the excess heat from HPS lights, which can mean more cost when it comes to cooling.

Of course, the biggest holdup for LED adoption may simply be initial cost. LED lights can run $1,600 each, as opposed to $350 for traditional HPS lights. But, while LEDs may cost more upfront, the upside is they last up to 50,000 hours, require less energy and run cooler, which results in savings.

In addition to LEDs, there are other light options out there that could improve energy efficiency. Light emitting ceramic (LEC) halide lights, also called ceramic metal halide (CMH) lights, reduce electricity consumption but have a high heat output, so as with LEDs and HPS, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons and figure out what works best for your setup.

  • Think Through Water & Humidity

In some states, water is inexpensive and drought may not be a concern, but for energy’s sake, it’s important to test and maintain a watering schedule. Overwatering is easy to do and a common way to waste water. Understand just how much water your plants need, and if possible, consider automating the watering schedule for your grow room.

“Pay attention to not only how much water you use, but where it goes after it leaves the plants,” said Dinsmore from Grass Monkey Cannabis Co. “It’s important fertilizer run-off is disposed of properly.”

Similarly, leaving humidity up to chance is never a good idea. Out-of-control humidity creates ideal conditions for pests, odor, mold and mildew, which can devastate crops. Dehumidifiers counteract these problems but some – particularly those not designed for grow rooms – use a lot of energy. The best option is to consider energy-efficient units and properly size your dehumidifier for your grow room.

“Understanding temperature and humidity is pivotal to consistency in your grow and your energy expenses,” Retzlaff said.

  • Grow Your Own Way

As technology continues to advance, competition and cost challenges among growers will increase the importance of energy efficiency.

Growers want energy-efficient products because they result in savings, so industry brands continuously innovate to benefit from releasing the “latest and greatest.” From a business standpoint, embracing energy efficiency is a way to stay competitive because it not only helps with economic return, but also boosts brand perception. According to a recent Cone Communications study, “nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues.”

A great way to spend efficiently is to “build a good relationship with your hydro store because often they can get you better rates and deals,” Dinsmore said. “Know your local garden supply store and support them – they’re your lifeline – and even bring them a little something on Christmas.”

For now, the best strategy to developing energy-efficient grows differs across states, regions and climates. There are many approaches, and “gardeners are like microbreweries – nobody wants to follow a recipe … They’re all trying to hit their own sense of perfection with a blended mix of techniques,” said Retzlaff.

So, whether you care about energy efficiency because of cost, competition or personal beliefs, ultimately, find what works best for you and your grow room.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:13:43 +0000

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Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use And Kidney Disease

Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use And Kidney Disease


Neither current nor the long-term cumulative use of cannabis is associated with negative effects on the kidneys, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Investigators at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco assessed the impact of past and current marijuana use over a ten-year period on estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) – a screening measurement used in the early detection of kidney damage.

Authors reported, “[O]ur findings did not demonstrate a longitudinal association between marijuana use and eGFR change, rapid eGFR decline, or prevalent albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine, typically as a symptom of kidney disease).”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: Full text of the study, “Marijuana use and estimated glomerular filtration rate in young adults,” appears in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:32:16 +0000